Cartier Art Deco Table Clock

  • This Art Deco table clock was crafted by the revered Cartier
  • Crafted of gilt black lacquer, no detail was spared by the famed firm in creating a luxury timepiece
  • The Cartier tradition of clock and watchmaking extends back almost to the company's founding
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Item No. 31-6296

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This Art Deco period table clock by Cartier is an extremely rare find and in a class of its own. Crafted of black lacquer, no detail was spared by the famed firm in creating this high-quality, luxury timepiece. The silver square dial, signed "Cartier Electric," features deep black lacquer hands with a gilt outline, forming a geometric motif that is quintessentially Art Deco in design. What sets this timepiece apart as a masterpiece of Cartier craftsmanship is the bright pops of color created by the coral mounts above and below the clock's face, and capping the gilt-brass panels on each side.

By the mid-1930s, Cartier began to experiment with electric clocks. The luxury firm created the Delvicar company expressly for the purpose of manufacturing movements for electrical clocks; the interior movement of this Art Deco timepiece contains their signature. The extreme expenses associated with the project, combined with a lack of commercial interest and the outbreak of World War II, ended Cartier's short-lived explorations into electric timepieces. Cartier Electric clocks such as these are exceedingly rare, as they had only a brief period of manufacture between 1935 and 1938.

The Cartier tradition of clock and watchmaking extends almost as far back as the founding of the company in 1898. Cartier's clocks and watches were manufactured with an emphasis on technical perfection, fashionable aesthetics and originality. At first a secondary activity, Cartier’s definitive approach to l’horlogerie quickly became a point of prestige for this famed company.

Dial marked "CARTIER ELECTRIC"
Movement signed "Delvicar"

Circa 1935-38

4 3/4" high x 4 1/4" wide x 2 1/4" deep

Literature:
Hans Nadelhoffer,Cartier, 2007, p. 275.
Cartier Art Deco Table Clock
Maker: Cartier
Period: 20th Century
Origin: France
Type: Other
Depth: 2.25 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
Height: 4.75 Inches
Cartier Art Deco Table Clock
The History of Cartier

The name “Cartier” could be considered synonymous with luxury, beauty, and impeccable design. For over 100 years, Cartier has been one of the most famous jewelers and  brand names to remember. With their high-end jewelry design...

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